U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Orange County
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-21-2012, 12:57 PM
 
3 posts, read 5,686 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

I am looking to relocate from Texas to Orange county within the next 6 months. I have never been to California but would like to escape this overly conservative state. I will be looking to purchase a home or condo/town home around $125,000 if possible. I have looked into the Anaheim or Ontario areas and they seem desirable. I however have been unable to find much information about Crime in the neighborhoods. Any advice on neighborhoods to avoid or just what you think of the area would be greatly appreciated. Oh I am in my early 20's and would also enjoy a place with a good music scene.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-21-2012, 01:22 PM
 
991 posts, read 1,666,744 times
Reputation: 654
Quote:
Originally Posted by melsbells View Post
I am looking to relocate from Texas to Orange county within the next 6 months. I have never been to California but would like to escape this overly conservative state. I will be looking to purchase a home or condo/town home around $125,000 if possible. I have looked into the Anaheim or Ontario areas and they seem desirable. I however have been unable to find much information about Crime in the neighborhoods. Any advice on neighborhoods to avoid or just what you think of the area would be greatly appreciated. Oh I am in my early 20's and would also enjoy a place with a good music scene.
You know that Orange County California is one of the most conservative areas in the United States. If you are looking for a liberal California you are not going to find it in Orange County. It's the kind of area where even where a family has a gay son the family is still going to vote for proposition 8.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-21-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
3,049 posts, read 4,138,892 times
Reputation: 5908
Ontario isn't in Orange County, and as Nugget said, Orange County is one of the most conservative places in the state, politically.

Try Long Beach!

It's just over the Orange County border in southern L.A. County and very, very liberal. They have people who are openly and un-apologetically Socialist running for public office in Long Beach. You'll probably love it!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-21-2012, 02:01 PM
 
3 posts, read 5,686 times
Reputation: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by mattk92681 View Post
Ontario isn't in Orange County, and as Nugget said, Orange County is one of the most conservative places in the state, politically.

Try Long Beach!

It's just over the Orange County border in southern L.A. County and very, very liberal. They have people who are openly and un-apologetically Socialist running for public office in Long Beach. You'll probably love it!
I apologize for my geographical mistake. I have not considered the Long Beach area. I am very open to anywhere but where I am currently residing. Thank you for the heads up on it being so politically conservative.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-21-2012, 02:19 PM
 
590 posts, read 1,194,281 times
Reputation: 175
Do you have a job?

Not a good time to move here and then look for work. Many others are ahead of you in line.

Also your price point for buying is pretty much impossible for this county

First get a job. That will decide where you will live. And if you can afford to live here

Roommates,,renting might be better options

Good luck

And yes..very conservative! But. No cowboys here!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-21-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
334 posts, read 878,032 times
Reputation: 260
Quote:
Originally Posted by melsbells View Post
I am looking to relocate from Texas to Orange county within the next 6 months. I have never been to California but would like to escape this overly conservative state. I will be looking to purchase a home or condo/town home around $125,000 if possible. I have looked into the Anaheim or Ontario areas and they seem desirable. I however have been unable to find much information about Crime in the neighborhoods. Any advice on neighborhoods to avoid or just what you think of the area would be greatly appreciated. Oh I am in my early 20's and would also enjoy a place with a good music scene.
Make sure to visit first before you make any hard plans. What you're describing is akin to someone moving to Las Vegas because they don't like the hot summers of Phoenix.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-21-2012, 10:46 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
5,534 posts, read 7,771,043 times
Reputation: 10851
I agree with all the above advice (don't move sight-unseen, with no job). But if you WERE to move to Southern CA, I'd suggest the Long Beach or Hermosa Beach areas (LA County). But I don't think you'd find a condo at that price.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-28-2012, 01:09 PM
 
4 posts, read 5,024 times
Reputation: 10
I lived in the LA-OC area from the early 50s to the mid 70s, and then I moved to Texas. Was I surprised at the economy in Texas? I was in the process of changing my address to Texas with my insurance company and they told me I would have to get a new policy. They quoted me on the price of the policy and I thought the price was very expensive for a month, until they told me it was for a six month period payable in 4 or 5 months. I would recommend staying in Texas unless there were some kinds of compelling reason you want to move.
Now, the thought of moving back to LA-OC has fluttered thru my mind and that's the reason for me looking at this forum. I'm retired and over half my retirement would be going for rent or leasing!!!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-28-2012, 07:05 PM
 
1 posts, read 2,037 times
Reputation: 10
Melsbells, I grew up in Texas until 35 and have lived in California for the last 17 years, first in Sacramento, now in Orange County. it's all much more expensive than Texas. OC is probably the most conservative area and more expensive than northern California. I would look up north around Nevada City in the foothills, or up the coast near Humbolt. Both much more liberal and maybe more reasonably priced. Do plenty of homework and have a great job because the cost of living is much higher out here. Good luck!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-28-2012, 10:11 PM
 
6 posts, read 7,798 times
Reputation: 16
Melsbells,
I'm moving to Houston in a year and I thought I'd check out my own hometown on this site, to see if I could help anyone with the same questions I have. I'm in the real estate business, so I'm currentlyworking in this market, I've lived in Orange County for 45 years and I've loved it. I wouldn't be moving to Texas if it weren't for my husband's job in the oil industry. Unfortunately, there's no properties available in Orange County for $125,000, especially with the lack of inventory currently on the market. There are alot of investors buying up properties and competing with new home buyers and many condo complexes don't qualify for FHA loans. Sorry, but the cost of housing, gas, food, healthcare, etc. is much higher in Southern California than in Texas. Don't be discouraged, there's a reason the cost of living is so high, first and foremost is our amazing beaches,our temperate, year round, great weather (no intense storms) lots of culture, shopping, tons of dining-including many trend setting restaurants, we have just about everything you could ask for in a metropolitan area. The one thing I do like better about being behind the Orange curtain (as opposed to LA's suburbs) is the smog and traffic aren't quite as bad, but I live near the beach and try to stay off the freeways during the commuting hours. Another thing to remember is that all the beach cities are a little cooler and closer to the ocean, so those cities are more expensive and offer less in terms of size for the money. As you move away from the beaches, the prices come down a little more. It's always good to rent first anyway, that way you can figure everything out before you get in to something permanent. One final note, you won't have any problem finding very liberal, like minded friends, we have a completely democratic house and a liberal govenor and we never vote conservative in a presidential election. Good luck to you!

Last edited by Kelnu; 06-28-2012 at 10:53 PM.. Reason: Didn't finish
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Orange County

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:29 AM.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top